Trying out spinning at Boom cycle
Spinning is the one class I never thought I would try because the thought and look of it truly terrifies me, people come out of those classes dripping in sweat and so red faced, but when the hip new spinning studio Boom offered free classes to celebrate the opening of their Holborn studio I jumped at the chance to try it, got to love a free class!
Boom is very easy to locate, it is only a couple of minutes away from the station and has a great big sign outside to make finding it easier.
It’s quite space age-y inside, with it’s white walls, iPads for checking in and blue LED ticker tape, and it also has the slight rubbery scent that I associate with squash courts, very upmarket and so far so good.
After checking in with the lovely receptionist who explained everything to me and the friend I had dragged along, we got changed and headed to the class where our spin instructor for the class, Alex, patiently showed us how to clip ourselves into the bikes and what height everything should be at. Both the receptionist and Alex showed amazing customer service, something I always value highly.
The spin studio itself had about 30 bikes in it, all squeezed pretty closely together but all facing the instructors bike so you could see what is going on. The studio itself has black walls and the lights are turned off when the class starts, this and the loud dance music definitely gave the class a rave-y feel. I was a bit apprehensive about so many people squeezed into a relatively small space, but the air conditioning system worked really well.
Like with most exercise classes, this one started with a warm up. I actually thought I was going to die during the warm up and didn’t know how I was going to handle a full class, but I did and I loved every second of it! The class was so varied, sitting, standing, increasing the resistance to stimulate hills and full out sprinting followed by a nice cool down. The fact that you could set your own resistance meant that this class is accessible for people of any fitness level, you follow along with the instructor but you can take it at your own pace.
I enjoyed this class so much more than I ever thought I would and came out so high on endorphins. I haven’t been able to run for about three weeks now thanks to various injuries, so it felt great to be doing some cardio and I really pushed myself during the class. Everyone was provided with a clean towel to use, and you will definitely need it, I was dripping with sweat after the first five minutes. This is also the first class I have ever left and thought “I need food now”, normally I can wait until I get to home to have my dinner but I didn’t feel like I would’ve made it that far, luckily Itsu had just started it’s daily half price sale, a free spinning class followed by half price sushi? AMAZING.
I think Boom have created a great spinning studio, and I would absolutely love to do it again, but unfortunately at £16 a class, I just can’t afford it. I definitely understand why they charge that price, it’s is a 1st class spinning studio with all the luxuries that go along with it such as REN products in the toilets and showers, individual showers and changing rooms (I love this, I’m a total prude), clean towels provided for everyone and even hairbands at reception available for those who have forgotten theirs, but I just don’t get paid enough to be able to afford the classes which sucks.
If you can afford it, I would defintiely recommend taking spin classes here, I will keep my eyes open for any other offers that crop up because I am dying to go back, they have a garage class that I would love to give a go!